Wednesday, February 29, 2012

GIVEAWAY! Crayola and Lisa Loeb Show You How to Get creative & Win

Creativity matters. It´s a skill that all children can learn and when it´s practiced every day, kids become the critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders in the classroom, and they´re better prepared for professions of the 21st century.

Crayola wants every child to be creatively alive, so they´re inviting parents "Inside the Crayon Box," for a special live chat with celebrities and trusted parenting experts that will inspire and spark ideas to expand your child´s creative thinking. If you find yourself looking for new ways to inspire your children to express their ideas and build their creativity, you´ll want to join us to learn and share!

The first "Inside the Crayon Box" live chat is Wednesday, March 7 at 9 p.m. EST. Join Crayola and musician, children´s author and mom, Lisa Loeb for a 45-minute live streaming video chat on the Crayola Facebook Page. Lisa, best-known for her number one hit "Stay (I Missed You)," will share as personal stories, practical advice and ways she brings a little creative play into every day for her daughter. We want to hear from you - participants can ask Lisa questions during the event, too! We hope you will share the information about the first Crayola "Inside the Crayon" live chat with your readers on or before Wednesday, March 7th so they may plan to attend as well.

Interested in the topics to be covered during the chat?
  • Why Does Creativity Matter? Creativity is not about who´s the best artists or becoming an architect. It´s a way of thinking that encourages kids´ original ideas and develops their confidence.
  • Growing Up Creative. Lisa will share stories about growing up in a home where creativity was encouraged.
  • Simple Tips. Easy Ideas. Like most moms, Lisa juggles a lot. She´ll share simple, easy ways she sparks her daughter´s creativity as part of their daily routine.
Check out some great Crayola videos here:

Creativity Matters


"Creativity Matters" Just in case you miss the Crayola "Inside the Crayon Box" event, you can also check out the Crayola YouTube Channel where the session will be posted.
To learn more about the tools from Crayola that make it easy for parents to help children develop their creativity and like Crayola on Facebook!

Also, be sure to check out Lisa´s book Lisa Loeb´s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling Children´s Books, 2011) available at Barnes & Noble and Sing, laugh, and play with pop Lisa in this fabulous collection of ten of the silliest songs ever. Fun activities, games, and recipes accompany whimsical songs. Take Lisa's Silly Sing-Along with you wherever you go and get the high-spirited good times started. Includes a 10-song CD recorded by Lisa! 


I am excited to be able to offer my readers a great giveaway too!   One lucky reader will win the whole shebang below so don't forgot to comment, tweet and Facebook about this great contest: 
One winner will receive a Crayola "Inside the Crayon Box" prize pack that contains:
  • My First Crayola Washable Crayons, Markers & Stampers: just the right size and shape for little hands, toddlers can create bright and colorful designs with no caps to lose or no messy ink pads
  • Crayola Mess Free Color Wonder Tiny Tube: with over 10 ft of coloring, perforated activity pages, a carry-along handle and the ability to store markers inside, kids can color at home or on the road; markers magically appear only on the special Color Wonder paper, not on skin
  • Crayola Crystal Effect Window Markers: turn an ordinary window or mirror into a colorful crystal canvas and create amazing effects on an unexpected surface that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth
  • Crayola Washable Kaleidoscope Chalk: experience sidewalk art in amazing new ways, by drawing designs, putting on the 3D Kaleidoscope glasses and watching as creations pop up off the ground
  • Crayola Dry-Erase Bright Crayons: a dry-erase drawing and writing tool for kids that´s washable, smudge-proof, odorless, and will never dry out
  • Crayola Dual-Sided Dry Erase Board: a two-sided board that makes it fun and colorful to share eye-popping messages or track soccer schedules

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Healthy Greek Yogurt Parfait

It is that time of year when we start to think about the potential for fewer fleece jackets and more shorts and even short minis!  After my last business meeting I needed to come up with some new snacks to satisfy those before-gym, late afternoon and after-dinner sweets cravings.  I came up with a great, quick new recipe to curb those hunger pangs, tame the sweet tooth and provide enough protein and energy for a boot camp workout.  Here you go:

one  5-6 oz container of fat free plain Greek yogurt (brand of your preference)
1 small apple, pear, banana or kiwi (again, your could choose another fruit too!)
1-2 tablespoons of instant or quick cooking oats
1 tiny packet of Sun Crystals (optional)

Chop up the fruit with knife or use food processor or hand blender.  Mix in oatmeal.  Sprinkle cinnamon liberally to taste on chopped fruit/oatmeal and mix well. If desired add Sun Crystals.  In alternating layers place yogurt, and chopped fruit/oatmeal.  Top with fruit.  Freeze for 30 minutes to 1 hour for more ice cream like consistency. I like to tote it with me when I am working in one of those freezer cups and it stays cool all morning till I am ready to eat it.  Enjoy! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

More Great Grocery Coupons

Here are some more grocery coupons to save you money this week including a bunch from Sarna, Walmart, Hormel, Honey Bunches of Oats and more!  Hope this helps your budget.

$1.00 off 1 Honey Bunches of Oats cereal
   $1.00 off one Pebbles Giant Size cereal
   $1.00 off on any ONE bottle POM Wonderful juice
   $2.00 off 2 x 2 oz Size of RevitaLens OcuTec
   $1.00 off one Schick Xtreme3 Eco 4ct
   $2.00 off one e.p.t pregnancy test
   $1.00 off any 4-Pack of Welch's Fruit Fizz
   $2.00 off Wisk Laundry Detergent
   $1.00 off 1 LLOYD'S tubs or BBQ
   $1.00 off 1 HORMEL Refrigerated Entree
   $0.55 off 2 HORMEL Chili products
   $1.00 off HORMEL™ COUNTRY CROCK side
   $1.00 off HORMEL ALWAYS TENDER meat
   $0.50 off All You February Issue
   $1.00 off Extend Nutrition Products
   $1.00 off People Magazine
   $1.00 off 2 HORMEL COMPLEATS kids meals
   $1.00 off (2) Coast Soap Bars or Body Washes
   $1.00 off HORMEL COMPLEATS microwave meals
   $1.00 off On One Multi Pack or 8 oz or Larger PURE
   25% OFF PAINTS & STAINS Sherwin Williams
   $1.50 off one NIVEA BODY LOTION
   $4.00 off two NIVEA BODY LOTION
   $1.00 off Any Nature Made Vitamin D
   $1.00 off Any Nature Made Vitamin B
   $2.00 off Any Nature Made Fish Oil
   $0.55 off Welch's 100% Grape Juice
   $2.00 off Scotch™ Fur Fighter Starter Kit
   $1.00 off any L'Oréal Paris Item
   $5.00 off Hip Flex Joint Tablets Levels 1, 2, 3
   $1.00 off one ProNutrients Omega-3 Centrum
   $2.00 off one EUCERIN PRODUCT 13.5 oz or larger
   $1.00 off PURELL portable size Hand Sanitizers.
   $3.00 off Spy Kids: All The Time In The World
   $3.00 off on any K-Y Brand Product
   $1.00 off 2 Right Guard TD5
   $3.00 off Moulin Rouge on Blu-ray™
   $3.00 off When Harry Met Sally on Blu-ray™
   $3.00 off Romeo and Juliet on Blu-ray™
   $3.00 off Legally Blonde on Blu-ray™
   $4.00 off Just Wright on Blu-ray™
   $4.00 off Knight and Day on Blu-ray™
   $3.00 off Ever After on Blu-ray™
   $4.00 off Date Night on Blu-ray™
   $1.00 off Any ONE Nature Made Product
   $0.55 off on NEW Almond Plus almond milk
   $2.00 off one package of GOODNITES Underwear
   $1.00 off one Kibbles 'n Bits brand dry dog food
   $1.00 off any Mitchum or Mitchum for Women product
   $3.00 off on ONE bottle of AmLactin Lotion
   $4.00 off ONE Tube of AmLactin Ultra
   $1.00 off 2 boxes of Cascadian Farm Granola Bars
   $0.80 off four Hamburger Helper Skillet Meals
   $0.40 off 2 Pillsbury or Grands! Sweet Rolls
   $1.00 off Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter
   $0.75 off Dulce de Leche Cheerios cereal
   $2.00 off Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush™ Makeup
   $1.00 off 2 General Mills Divisional cereals
   $2.00 off Maybelline New York Dream Face
   $2.00 off Valentine's Day Titles
   $2.00 off LeapFrog: Numberland DVD
   $1.00 off TWO (2) Ricola© Dual Action
   $2.00 off any one (1) Clearasil PerfectaWash™
   $1.00 off one bag of M&M'S Pretzel
   $1.00 off any 12 oz size or larger of COMPLETE
   $0.75 off any TWO (2) Bagel-fuls (4ct)
   $1.00 off Cat's Pride cat litter
   $3.00 off on Florastor probiotic
   $1.00 off Blink Tears or Blink Gel Tears
   $2.00 off Florastor probiotic
   $8.00 off when you buy one PLAYSKOOL SESAME STREET
   $5.00 off BOP IT! XT game
   $5.00 off when you buy one NERF VORTEX PRAXIS blas
   $3.00 off TRANSFORMERS Deluxe action figure
   $8.00 off when you buy one BABY ALIVE MY BABY ALIV
   $5.00 off when you buy one PLAY-DOH MEGA PACK
   $1.00 off on any Glade Press & Spray™ starter kit
   $1.00 off any Glade Scented Oil Candle holder
   $1.50 off TWO Glade Scented Oil Candle refills
   $0.55 off two HORMEL Pepperoni packages
   $1.50 off on any TWO Glade 4-oz. Jar Candles
   $3.00 off any Slo-Niacin
   $1.00 off on any Afrin Nasal Spray
   $1.50 off any one (1) box of Revlon Root Erase™
   $1.00 off Sally Hansen Hand Cremes
   Up To 75% Off On Prescription Medication
   Up To 75% Off On Prescription Medication
   $2.00 off EAS Myoplex Original Choc
   $1.00 off off any Robitussin product
   $1.50 off DESITIN™ Soothing Rash Bath Treatment
   $7.00 off on any Nicorette Mini Lozenge
   $1.00 off on any 1 (ONE) Advil Congestion Relief
   $4.00 off Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy
   $1.00 OFF 2 ARMOUR Meatball Products
   $5.00 off Sarna Anti-Itch Lotion
   $1.00 off Sundown Naturals Vitamin or Supplement
   $1.00 off Nature's Bounty Vitamin or Supplement